|Forum topic by Hotpuppy||posted 12-25-2013 08:34 PM||1960 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
12-25-2013 08:34 PM
Hey gang, I need some help sorting out the various safety devices. I have a 1950 Delta Unisaw, right tilt. I have a biesemeyer fence and the overhead/arm blade guard. The blade guard has seen better days, but it’s there and mounted. I purchased this saw used and got a good deal on it. I built a dolly for it.
I moved the power switch off the base cabinet and up and out where it is easier to get to.
One major issue is that the saw has no anti-kickback, splitter, or riving knife. I have a healthy amount of respect for cutting tools and I like my fingers… even the little ones. :)
I originally purchased a MJ Micro Jig Splitter. I purchased a GRR-ripper to go with it. I think the gripper looks like a good tool, but the micro-jig splitter seems complicated to set up. I get the impression it’s touchy and was annoyed to find that it requires a separate ZCI for each usage scenario. While it helps with splitting it does not address anti-kickback. I think this will wind up wearing out and being a PITA to setup. I’m also rather unimpressed with the cheap plastic alignment jig. It’s just a matter of time before the drill bit screws up the plastic jig. Granted, it’s a $45 tool.. I would have happily paid more for a better jig. I’m interested in a simple, easy to use solution that helps me stay safe. I’m also annoyed that they appear to have been more interested in keeping the instructions on a single piece of paper then in making them easy to follow.
I have also looked at the board-buddies product (peachtree woodworking) and that product makes sense.
I looked at the BORK, I suspect it would work. It looks over-priced for what it is. The YouTube videos from the manufacturer are very bad, no sound. No anti-kick back pawls…. so it’s essentially a wash with the MJ splitter.
I looked at the shark-guard. This product also make sense and offers to kill multiple birds with one stone. It does not appear to be compatible with the biesemeyer blade guard… which is nice, but the guard itself on the one I have is in poor shape and needs to be replaced. It’s plastic and does what plastic does over time….. cracked and discolored. I was going to put the version on that has a dust port.
I’m looking for feedback on other people’s experience and recommendations…. if you have seen comparison articles that would be great too.
This is a picture of my saw from today…. the blade guard is moved forward so it is not in the way when I go to move it around the shop. It also helps me avoid walking into the blade guard. :)
If I went with the Bork or Shark I would re-purpose the overhead arm to manage a dust collection hose.